China : 55 People Sentenced in Mass Xinjiang Trial

by Editor | May 29, 2014 3:17 am

BBC – Fifty-five people in China’s north-western Xinjiang province have been found guilty of terrorism, separatism and murder, state media report.

The defendants, who appeared to be from the region’s Muslim Uighur community, were presented to a stadium holding about 7,000 spectators.

Three of the prisoners were sentenced to death.

Chinese officials have blamed militant Uighur groups for a growing number of violent attacks across the country.

Photos from the open-air trial showed police trucks parked near a running track.

Prisoners wearing orange vests stood in the back of the vehicles, surrounded by armed guards, their heads bowed.

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